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San Francisco’s AT&T Park charms a Fenway fan

In China Basin Park outside AT&T Park a bronze statue of Giants first baseman Willie McCovey (top) towers over boaters and fans who gather by McCovey Cove (below).
In China Basin Park outside AT&T Park a bronze statue of Giants first baseman Willie McCovey (top) towers over boaters and fans who gather by McCovey Cove (below).

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I had been inside the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, which opened in 2000, once before, although not during a regular-season ballgame. As someone who divides his baseball loyalties between the Boston Red Sox and the Giants, and who has reveled in San Francisco capturing two of the last three World Series titles, I had ample reason to book a visit during a July work trip to the Bay Area, one that happily coincided with a Giants homestand.

I was not disappointed, either. Once a rundown industrial area with all the charm of neighboring Alcatraz Prison, the ballpark’s setting in the up-and-coming China Basin area is a glittering example of urban redevelopment done right, from its sidewalk cafes to the kayakers bobbing outside the rightfield wall.

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